Give Me Room!
Saturday, March 28, 3:00 p.m., Cadek Recital Hall
UTC’s Department of Performing Arts, Opera Tennessee, and the Frances Hall Hill Associate Professor of Music present the world-premiere concert performance of GIVE ME ROOM!, a new musical that explores the battle for women’s suffrage through the lives of four women. With music by Tim Hinck and libretto by Gaye Jeffers, GIVE ME ROOM! is a unique look at the journey of suffrage through personal moments that explore the lives of women in Chattanooga and Tennessee who supported ratification of the 19th Amendment and others who were against a woman’s right to vote.
GIVE ME ROOM! is inspired by telegrams, letters, historical records and newspaper articles. A variety of musical styles blend current themes with those of one hundred years ago. The process of creating an original musical allows new reflections on a well-documented event. Exploring the rights of women to have a voice in the political system shines light on current struggles that continue to come into question. The desire to be mindful of our past in the midst of questions of equality and acknowledgement in the 21st century lends GIVE ME ROOM! a timeless resonance.
With the support of Opera Tennessee and Chattanooga singers and actors, GIVE ME ROOM! is a collaborative creation that continues to evolve and shift as we develop this new work for its staged premiere in August 2020.
Pre-concert lecture by Gaye Jeffers—2:00 PM in Cadek Recital Hall
Post-concert panel with the composer, librettist, and performers—4:30 PM in Cadek Recital Hall